Standards Committee - American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

Technical Workshops

AHPA regularly presents in-person technical workshops to train the herbal products industry on the latest tools and methods that help ensure high-quality products and compliance with federal and state regulations.

Upcoming Events

USP Workshop and Course: Solutions for botanical identification using DNA standards and other test methodologies

Aug. 21-22 -- Rockville, MD

Join USP and industry experts at USP headquarters for a two-day workshop on botanical identification techniques using DNA methods and a half-day course that will cover USP botanical identity methodology tests.
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AHPA Presents at 18th Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB)

Dr. Holly Johnson discuses critical uses of reference materials for botanical authentication

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., presented on the critical uses of reference materials for botanical authentication at the 18th Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB) on Tuesday.
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AHPA participates in AOAC International Stakeholder Panel for Dietary Supplements

Four new SMPRs were approved and new calls for methods will be announced soon for kava, resveratrol, and skullcap

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, P.h.D, represented AHPA member interests at AOAC International's Stakeholder Panel for Dietary Supplements held in Washington, DC last week. The panel was chaired by Darryl Sullivan at AHPA member company Covance and Brian Schaneberg, director QA - regulatory, at member company Starbucks served as vice chair of the panel.
Author: AHPA Staff
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March 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Joint meeting of the Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, and Standards Committees

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Leading North American herb associations promote Good Agricultural and Collection Practices

GACPs provide a framework to help growers, harvesters, and processors ensure quality

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the Canadian Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association (HSSA) encourage the use of recognized Good Agricultural and Collection Practices in the North American herbal products market.

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Organic industry leaders issue updated guidance on organic dietary supplements

Organic industry leaders issue updated guidance on organic dietary supplements

Guidance on organic regulatory requirements, from farm to packaged product

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Quality Assurance International Inc. (QAI) announce the availability of an updated, free resource for the health supplement industry titled Guidance on Formulation and Marketing of Dietary Supplements Under the National Organic Program (NOP).
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AHPA welcomes Dr. Holly Johnson as new Chief Science Officer

AHPA welcomes Dr. Holly Johnson as new Chief Science Officer

Dr. Johnson is a pharmacognosist with more than 20 years of experience
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AHPA issues guidance on test methods used to identify ethanol

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Guidance covers a number of physical, chemical, spectrometric and chromatographic methods for the identification of ethanol.
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Guidance on foreign matter limits in herbal ingredients

Guidance recommends plant parts of the same herbal raw material species, other than those named in specifications, should not exceed 5% (by weight), and all other foreign matter should not exceed 2% (by weight)
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA encourages EPA to reform pesticide regulations

Vast majority of herbal crops are specialty or minor crops so they are seldom the subject of attempts by pesticide chemical producers to establish a pesticide tolerance

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reform current regulations to maintain protections for consumers and the environment and reduce burdens on food companies that use specialty or minor crops such as herbs and spices in their products.
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